On August 26, 2020, Army and Navy Academy’s President, MG(R) Arthur Bartell announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2020-2021 School Year, after over seven years serving the Warrior Family. The Board of Trustees has retained Wickenden Associates, a highly regarded national search firm, to work with Academy’s Search Committee to find a new President.
This page will be updated as the search progresses. Please check back regularly throughout the next few months.
November 24, 2020
Dear Warrior Community,
We are well into the early stages of our search for President. Wickenden Associates reports they are seeing strong interest in the position. Sources in the Academy Community and in the Independent School Community have been extremely helpful. Early conversations are occurring with highly qualified candidates. Some will emerge as a good mutual fit, some will not. All of this takes time, finesse and due diligence.
In addition, GOMO at the U.S. Army’s headquarters, the office that prepares flag officers for retirement and transition to new careers, has been incredibly helpful to our school. Thank you, GEN Crouch for opening this door and thank you, MG Bartell for helping to focus on a short list of targeted prospects among a list of 128 Generals.
It appears that we will have 2-4 outstanding flag officer candidates, some with school leadership experience. Our search extends beyond just flag officers. We are committed to locating the very best candidate to shepherd our Academy into the future.
Our search is looking very positive and, while it is still early in the process, we are on schedule. Thank you everyone for your continued help, encouragement and patience.
Dennis M. Boyer ’63
Search Committee Chair
Letters to the Community
Search Committee Chair &
GEN William W. Crouch ’59
Brad Larsen ’72
Treasurer of the Board
Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey Tisor ’85
Vice Chairman of the Board
CAPT Jack Wyatt ’63
Trustee & Past Chairman
Who is Wickenden Associates?
Wickenden Associates is deeply committed to the long-term interests of the schools they serve and have a deep appreciation for their extraordinary variety and unique characteristics. They are committed to serving schools well while maintaining a flexibility and openness that allows them to respond to the specific needs and challenges of schools and their leaders.
For more than 30 years, they have been refining their inclusive search process with an eye toward transparency and respect for both clients and candidates. Their work is rooted in and guided by these core values, which translate into better services and outcomes for their clients.
More information on Wickenden Associates, including bios for Eric and Andy, is available on their website here.
What is the timeline for the search?
The search team will solicit and screen candidates through the fall. If all goes well, our hope is that we will host finalist campus visits to our campus in or around February 2021 and will announce the appointment of our new President around the beginning of March 2021. We anticipate that our new President will assume their role in July 2021.
What is the role of the Search Committee in the search?
The Search Committee is charged with overseeing and managing the process of searching for a new Academy President. This includes: selecting the search firm; engaging with the Academy constituent groups to define the leadership qualities and experience desired in our next President; and managing an appropriately transparent, fair, and inclusive search process. The Search Committee will review candidate files, interview the most viable candidates, and identify 3 to 4 finalists who will visit our campus. After considering input from various constituents who meet the finalists, and conducting appropriate reference and background checks, the Search Committee will recommend a candidate for appointment by the Board of Trustees.
Will the search impact the 2020-2021 School Year?
It should not. All related information sessions, forums, and interviews will be built around faculty, staff, and Cadet schedules so as not to disrupt the academic calendar and school schedule.
Will the leadership transition impact the Academy's mission?
No. The Academy’s mission and core values are a defining and driving force in all that we do in serving our Cadets and in our initiatives for the future of our Academy. An important factor in evaluating the next President will be the degree to which the candidates understand and can support and promote our mission and core values.